Romeo and Juliet Reviews
For ages 13+
In fair cinema, where we lay our scene,
From ancient story to new screen idolatry,
Where repetition makes some critics mean.
Shakespeare's tragic young lovers
on screen oft before,
for each generation and all others,
in '36, '68, '96 and more.
This time Hailee Steinfeld plays Juliet,
With Douglas Booth, her devoted Romeo,
She, an Oscar nominee for the film "True Grit".
And for a handsomer man, you'd have far to go.
The cast includes Natasha McElhone,
The longsuffering muse on "Californication",
And Damian Lewis, who starred on "Homeland",
As a Congressman and a threat to our great nation.
Ed Westwick as hotheaded Tybalt is perfectly cast,
having played the scheming Chuck on TV's "Gossip Girl".
The rest of the actors, from the first to the last,
All well-cast in their roles, from countries around the world.
The language they all speak is truly Shakespeare's own,
With some speeches omitted or just changed.
The words in the script, to Americans not unknown
If you miss a few, the acting keeps you engaged.
I'd be remiss in this review if I failed to mention
This retelling of the story is not without invention.
The settings and scenery, share a common beauty
And with innocence and fragility, Juliet's a cutie.
To conclude, I move on to other plays
from which I dare to paraphrase.
I hope to close this review on a helpful note,
And maybe even give you something to quote.
When deciding on a film for popcorn ingestion,
To see or not to see, that is the question.
You could just choose to get thee to a nunnery,
But that wouldn't be nearly as much... funnery.
Okay, I'm out. Let's see YOU find rhymes for question and nunnery. (Not to mention Stellan Skarsgård and Paul Giamatti, who are great as the Prince of Verona and Friar Laurence, respectively.) The earlier versions of this story are mostly very good, each in its own way, and this one definitely holds its own. If you enjoy love stories with drama, see 2013's "Romeo & Juliet". "B+"